If the facade of gaming seen in Sword Art Online left a sour taste in your mouth then Quan Zhi Gao Shou is exactly what you need to wash it out with.
QZGS is a Chinese anime** based on MLG level E-Sports for a popular game called Glory online.The protagonist of the series gets quintessentially drop kicked out of the team he leads and is forced to retire from the pro scene though that doesn’t stop him from playing. With the opening of the 10th server for Glory, he decides to make a new character and just starts playing for the sake of playing.
The main difference between this and SAO is that GZGS features a level of relatable gaming. With the main character being good at the game because he’s played the game for literal years and not because he played the beta for a week and was made god-tier because of it. I can guarantee that if you’re at least in your late teens or older you have a game that you’ve been playing for over 10 years that you’re just boss at like Melee or Street Fighter and that’s what I think Quan Zhi Gao Shou’s hidden allure is.
And one more thing I might add is that the art work is *glorious*…check it out for yourself in the trailer below.